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The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR – www.ncfr.org) sponsors the only international program to certify family life educators (CFLE). Professionals with knowledge and experience in family life education including formal teaching, community education, public information and education, curriculum, and resource development, are eligible to apply. Certified Family Life Educators have a minimum of a bachelor's degree.
American Public University is an approved provider of all academic content required by the NCFR for the Certified Family Life Educator credential.
Students wishing to pursue certification as a Family Life Educator (CFLE) must complete the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Development*. They must also complete these courses from within the major requirements, in addition to the core requirements, in order to qualify for the academic portion of the CFLE:
- CHFD220 – Human Sexuality
- CHFD445 – Family Communications
- CHFD360 – Family Resource Management
- HFD446 – Families and Social Action
- CHFD498 – Senior Seminar in Child and Family Development
- CHFD350 – Family Life Education
- CHFD449 – Internship in CHFD
Benefits of Certification
- Establishes professional credibility by specifying that high standards and criteria needed to provide family life education have been met
- Confirms knowledge and work experience
- Provides avenues for networking with other family life educators both locally and nationally through a newsletter, a CFLE listserv, CFLE meetings and events, and access to other Certified Family Life Educators
- Establishes and defines the field of family life education by identifying standards and criteria needed to provide quality family life education
- Recognizes the comprehensive breadth of expertise needed to provide quality family life education
- Acknowledges the preventive focus of family life education
Where Are Family Life Educators Employed?
Family life educators work in a variety of settings. They bring comprehensive family training to a myriad of employment sectors and job classifications. Often, CFLEs work in the following venues:
- Practice – teaching, education, program or curricula development
- Administration – leadership or management, organizing, coordinating
- Promotion – public policy, lobbying, advocating for system change and awareness
Employment venues can include health care, education, business, military, and faith communities.
Download NCFR's brochure for further information on the Certified Family Life Educator credential.
*The Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Development degree program leads to eligibility for certification, but does not guarantee Family Life Educator certification.
- Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Development
- Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education
- Undergraduate Certificate in Family Studies
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
- Master of Education: Teaching - Concentration in Elementary Education
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